I have the 6db kit for the 3.5l and I realize that the tips are stainless, but was wondering if there is anything more I need/can to do for them to survive the next 3-4 months of snow/ice and road salt?
Blue Magic Metal Polish Cream
Vaseline works to protect them.
I was going to suggest painting them with BBQ paint, it would be some work to get it off.
You shouldnt have too much trouble with actual stainless tips .
Mine are custom made from food grade stainless pipe.
6th winter in salty Nova Scotia and no signs of corrosion.
paint works good - pick the highest temp you can find at the auto parts store (I did mine in high temp silver for the resonated mufflers and tubes - bagging and masking off the tips). We had mild winter and not much salt - but pipes look fine. Obviously easier with parts off the car! Edited to clarify - SS tips are not painted, and look great. I use Simichrome or chrome polish to clean them up - and as noted, if kept clean, good SS should not rust or pit.
Last edited by RandySmith; 02-29-2012 at 01:36 PM. Reason: add info
clean them good and use a spray of plasti dip
ive had my blastin bobs kit for a good 3 years, the last year the tips have been painted black with bbq paint, and they rusting so i have to replace them..ive heard of people spraying them with wd40 in the winter months so salt doesnt stick ..
Thank You Haz
My cars have lived throug the roughest MN winters you could imagine. If the tips are a decent grade of SST, just leave them alone. There is no need to do anything to them. In the spring, give them a good cleaning to remove any light surfece blems and you're good to go. Remember, tips get hot, any polish, creams or other stupid goo you put on them won't last, they will just evaporate away.
Winters are not so much the issue. It's what your state/locale puts down on the road during winter. Some places are much worse than others. For example in PA they primarily used to use ash. Horrifying to look at the aftermath but about the least least damage if "floated" off with water. On rare occassion they would mix in salt. Michigan used salt liberally. Corrosive. And sometimes mixed in or used sand... sand is not corrosive but you're hitting the car with a bead blaster.
Like he ^^^ said. Good quality SS should hold up fairly well. Waxes, silicon, and the likes won't stay on long. I think maybe a polymer polish/sealer like Zaino might be the best bet for corrosion protection?? Or you could move out here to CA where we don't have winter (it did rain 2 weeks ago and again today)
I've got more even and simultaneous combustion...
2006 Magnum SRT8 - Brilliant Black
Plastic dip!!! Peels right off come spring!!
Thanks for the update. Lots of talk about plastic dipping them, but I was concerned what the heat would do. I didn't do anything to mine this past winter and as a result, had to way too much time cleaning and polishing all of the carbon/crap off of them. Will make a mental note to try the plastic dip this winter.